TechnipFMC plc (NYSE:FTI) just reported healthy earnings but the stock price didn't move much. Investors are probably missing some underlying factors which are encouraging for the future of the company.
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
Importantly, our data indicates that TechnipFMC's profit was reduced by US$3.2b, due to unusual items, over the last year. It's never great to see unusual items costing the company profits, but on the upside, things might improve sooner rather than later. When we analysed the vast majority of listed companies worldwide, we found that significant unusual items are often not repeated. And, after all, that's exactly what the accounting terminology implies. TechnipFMC took a rather significant hit from unusual items in the year to June 2021. As a result, we can surmise that the unusual items made its statutory profit significantly weaker than it would otherwise be.
That might leave you wondering what analysts are forecasting in terms of future profitability. Luckily, you can click here to see an interactive graph depicting future profitability, based on their estimates.
Our Take On TechnipFMC's Profit Performance
As we discussed above, we think the significant unusual expense will make TechnipFMC's statutory profit lower than it would otherwise have been. Because of this, we think TechnipFMC's underlying earnings potential is as good as, or possibly even better, than the statutory profit makes it seem! And it's also positive that the company showed enough improvement to book a profit this year, after losing money last year. The goal of this article has been to assess how well we can rely on the statutory earnings to reflect the company's potential, but there is plenty more to consider. So if you'd like to dive deeper into this stock, it's crucial to consider any risks it's facing. At Simply Wall St, we found 4 warning signs for TechnipFMC and we think they deserve your attention.
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